At times I insert a non-breaking space (on my Mac) instead of characters in a Last Name field when filling out forms. Is there a way to do this using the default or some other keyboard on my Nexus 4 (4.2.2)?

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    It's not possible with the default keyboard. Someone may answer to suggest a keyboard which has this functionality. – Dan Hulme Apr 10 '13 at 13:30
  • Sounds like a case for Hacker's Keyboard. But as I never checked, I cannot tell for sure if it supports this. – Izzy Apr 10 '13 at 13:31
  • The other difficulty is that the font must support it. It is the case for Droid Sans and Droid Serif, but others font may not implement it. – rds Apr 20 '13 at 11:02

You might want to try with Hacker's Keyboard. They offer "compose key" functionality, which can be used for non-breaking space and more:

Hacker's Keyboard
Hacker's Keyboard (click image for larger variant)

See the "circle key" to the right of the space bar? If you long-press it, according to the FAQ, this activates "compose key mode". They seem to follow the "standard rules" here, so "2x space" should give you a non-breaking space. A list of supported compose sequences can be found in the code.


A workaround is to copy the non-breaking space from somewhere (e.g. the Wikipedia page has it in the first line between the quotes), or from between the brackets here:

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